Listening At the Fire

A Podcast For Christmas

December 23, 2019

In the third episode of Listening At the Fire Season 2, host Virginia Anzengruber embarks on a bit of a quest to narrow down a condensed history of modern-day Christmas by learning of its pagan roots from the team at 3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast, getting a bit of real-world testimonials from a professional Santa Claus, and getting an answer to the question: why is Christmas marketable year-round? with a conversation with the Vice President of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland -- the largest Christmas store in America that is open 361 days a year (and just so happens to be located in Frankenmuth, Michigan -- only a short drive away). We'll also hear a Christmas poem from our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden ("The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus" by Ogden Nash).


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